We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikkita Jervey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nikkita, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I decided to take the leap to start Birthing Peace because of a few experiences and to meet one of my lifelong goals.

Since my daughters were born, I’ve always wanted to be able to help them deliver their babies… I told my eldest years ago that I would deliver her baby.

My love and adoration for pregnancy, the birthing process and breastfeeding was just the beginning of my journey to get here.
You couple that with three very different birthing experiences and the fact that Black women suffer maternal mortality at a rate 3 times higher than White women… and Birthing Peace was born!

Before ever becoming a ‘certified’ doula, I was out here doulaing women in my circle… with lactation support, postpartum care, and even a few labor & deliveries.

God has called me to be a peacemaker, therefore my goal is to support pregnant women in having the peaceful birthing experience they didn’t know they could have.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Doula’ing is becoming more popular and accepted in the maternity world… but there is only one me! Some doulas push or only support a specific type of birth, I’m committed to supporting momma and baby, no matter what option she chooses… its HER delivery, not mine… I’m there to provide strength and support, so she can have a peaceful birthing experience.

When you understand how miraculous the whole birthing cycle is, from conception to delivery, every part excites you…
but to be present at that finish line, when mommas tap into their innate power and push their baby out… and see their face for the first time… it never gets old. it is literally the most beautiful moment at that moment!

To get here, I had to (and still do sometimes) kick self-sabotage and imposter syndrome in the butt.
NO, its never easy to push past the inner bully and/or external stumbling blocks… but it was necessary to have the life i want!

Ive learned that you can have what you say… so watch your mouth!

I want the world to know that the media is lying about labor and delivery. It is not the horror story they like to portray.
AND if you want to be real, hospitals are a for profit business… it is not a coincidence that 98% of births happen in hospitals in the US but we also have the highest maternal mortality rate than that of any other industrialized nation. The sooner women worldwide realize how freakin dope we are and how powerful our bodies are and stop allowing lies to fearmonger us, the more peaceful our birthing experiences will be!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well Delaware is not the place to come spend a week, lol. Can you tell I’m not ‘from’ here… but seriously I would take her to walk the JAM trail, we’d catch a show or open mic night in Wilmington. We’d eat at Eggspectation, Sunday Cafe, Just to Serve You and 1861. Then wed probably make a trip up to Philly or down to Baltimore. We would end the week off with a game night at my house.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, Paul and best friend, Tiffany! The two of them have supported me in every venture I’ve ever explored! They’ve pushed me to be better and loved me even when I failed.

Website: www.birthing-peace.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/birthingpeacedoula/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birthingpeacedoula

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